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Does biotin or any other vitamin supplement help you lose weight?

Does biotin or any other vitamin supplement help you lose weight?

No: No, at least not in and of itself. There is no one pill or supplement that will help you lose weight. It all boils down to exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet. However, the use of biotin and probiotics is helpful for maintaining a healthy bowel; many have found that this helps to lose weight when combined with a healthy diet and exercise; but again, there is no "magic pill.". ...Read more

Dr. James Lin
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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I'm currently taking a daily prenatal vitamin. Is it ok to also take a daily biotin supplement? Thank you!

I'm currently taking a daily prenatal vitamin. Is it ok to also take a daily biotin supplement? Thank you!

So I don't really: know if you are taking prenatal vitamins in case you get pregnant or actually are pregnant. Biotin would be considered safe in pregnancy, but it is best to consult your prenatal physician/midwife before adding any supplement. Biotin/B7 can be found in cauliflower, yeast, egg yolk, avocado, raspberries, salmon, etc--the best sources. Some women feel biotin may prevent postpartum hair loss. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take biotin, b-12, antioxidant supplement and a multi vitamin?

Is it ok to take biotin, b-12, antioxidant supplement and a multi vitamin?

A good multivitamin: has all of those. It if always preferable to take one pill instead of a slew of pills. You could take a multivitamin and the supplement.. But do your research on multivitamins which have all of them. Try Whole Foods store. ...Read more

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I am currently taking biotin supplements 5000 mcg. I also take multi vitamins with 150 mcg in them. Is that over the recommended limit?

I am currently taking biotin supplements 5000 mcg. I also take multi vitamins with 150 mcg in them. Is that over the recommended limit?

No : There is no official recommended limit of biotin. The dose you are taking is quite safe. See http://lpi.Oregonstate.Edu/infocenter/vitamins/biotin/ and http://www.Crnusa.Org/safetypdfs/014crnsafetyvitaminbiotin.Pdf. ...Read more

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Can the vitamin biotin cause vivid dreams? Every time i take this supplement I have numerous vivid and often scary or weird dreams.

Can the vitamin biotin cause vivid dreams? Every time i take this supplement I have numerous vivid and often scary or weird dreams.

Looks like it: Should be rare but it seems that you get it. There is no need to take biotin anyway. I advise to abstain to avoid these dreams. Eat vegetables, salads, fruit and fish. Stay healthy and eat healthy. Spend your money on something else, not vitamin supplements. ...Read more

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I am a 40 year old very active woman who would like to start a vitamin regimen. Can you take collagen supplements, biotin, prenatal or multivitamin ?

I am a 40 year old very active woman who would like to start a vitamin regimen.  Can you take collagen supplements,  biotin, prenatal or multivitamin ?

Vitamin: I started working on Vitamin D many decades ago. Many people - doctors included - recommend many vitamin supplements but I doubt that is helpful. Eat properly, take one tablet (1000 mg) of vitamin D daily, and you will enjoy every bit of the rest of your life. ...Read more

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If I'm trying to keep my hair healthy, should get biotin supplements or vitamins specific for hair skin and nails?

If I'm trying to keep my hair healthy, should get biotin supplements or vitamins specific for hair skin and nails?

Healthy hair: Get adequate sleep,avoid excess sugar & fat, v carbonated drinks, eat enough protein, exercise regularly. Insure you have adequate Iron (like kale & other dark green leafies), Omega 3 fatty acids (like walnuts),vit.E (fruits & veggies), D & B vitamins, biotin & zinc. Avoid sulfates & formaldehyde in shampoos, excessive blow dry heat & curling irons. ...Read more

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What vitamins should I take. I take a vitamin d3, irwin naturals women multi vitamin and biotin. I'm 29 us there any other supplements I should take?

Depends: Having a well diversified diet is key but as a young reproductive age woman you should consider vitamin d, multivitamin with Folic Acid and iron, fish oil as the minimum. Using good vitamins is key to. If you feel bad after vitamins or you don't feel a step up, consider other brands. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be allergic to vitamins ie biotin/vitamin b supplement? How long before a vitamin is out of your system? 1 day?

Is it possible to be allergic to vitamins ie biotin/vitamin b supplement? How long before a vitamin is out of your system? 1 day?

Yes, about a day: One can not be allergic to a pure vitamin but can certainly be allergic to a vitamin supplement as they can contain corn, yeast, gluten (all common allergens) and various fillers and binders. More pure supplements from companies like Pure Encapsulations and Thorne tend to be better tolerated. And B vitamins (except B12) should leave your body within a day or so. ...Read more

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Is it okay for me to take iron supplements and prescription multi vitamins at the same time? And also is it okay to take biotin and acidophilus ?

Is it okay for me to take iron supplements and prescription multi vitamins at the same time? And also is it okay to take biotin and acidophilus ?

Yes: Many (not all) multivitamins contain a small amount of iron but if you have low iron you many well benefit from an iron supplement. Iron bis-glycinate is the best-absorbed form. Absolutely no problem taking biotin and acidophilus as well. ...Read more

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Been taking biotin as supplement everyday.it made me my skin more smooth,no acne anymore & hair grew fast!is it a miracle vitamin?love the changes!

Been taking biotin as supplement everyday.it made me my skin more smooth,no acne anymore & hair grew fast!is it a miracle vitamin?love the changes!

Cause or coincidence: Now you know what a "testimonial" is. A testimonial is something you say happened to you, such as "I stopped eating plums, and my skin is much smoother". It often is a coincidence, the things that are happening, and are not "cause and effect". That means "not eating plums" does not cause skin changes, but both things occurred around the same time. Coincidences can fool you, if you let them. ...Read more

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Can I take an iron supplement prescribed to me for anemia along with a one a day multi vitamin, biotin, and I take nexium (esomeprazole)?

Can I take an iron supplement prescribed to me for anemia along with a one a day multi vitamin, biotin, and I take nexium (esomeprazole)?

Anemia, Nexium (esomeprazole): I admire you for your interest in Health. Nexium (esomeprazole) decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach. By reducing stomach acid, Nexium (esomeprazole) may reduce the absorption of iron and make it less effective in treating your Anemia. It is not for immediate relief of heartburn symptoms. See your Physician for diagnosis, medication effects and treatment. Increased acidity can be due to stresses, have Therapy. ...Read more

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I'm a college student so I do not eat very healthily. What types of vitamin/supplements are best? Right now i take biotin, vit-c, and garlic.

I'm a college student so I do not eat very healthily. What types of vitamin/supplements are best? Right now i take biotin, vit-c, and garlic.

Prenatal MVI (multivitamin) : The best advice would be to adjust your eating habit. Try to eat better and healthier. Increase vegetable and fruits. In addition, since you are at child bearing age- you should take prenatal multivitamin and also don't forget to take calcium daily ( daily recommendation is 1200-1500mg/day) as you are at the peak age where your body will absorp those calcium supplement effectively. ...Read more

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Can i take multivitamins, fiber supplements, fish oil, and biotin vitamins at the same time?

Can i take multivitamins, fiber supplements, fish oil, and biotin vitamins at the same time?

Yes, But Why?: It is generally safe to take these vitamins and supplements, or they would have been taken off the market. However, they are almost always totally useless unless you have a specific vitamin deficiency, and can be a danger. Despite the sales propaganda, we are not mostly vitamin deficient as long as we have a reasonable diet. Save your money and buy a gym membership for the most benefit. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more